The Legal Beat
Law School Students Protest Over Tampon Taxes
Posted on Wednesday November 20, 2019
The state governments that continue to tax menstrual products have created a tax that is solely directed at people who menstruate. It’s unconstitutional because it’s a government action that is solely on the basis of sex.
— Mary Kate Cunningham, a 3L at Fordham Law School who is organizing her school’s participation in a protest spearheaded by the “Tax Free. Period” project (a collaboration between the nonprofit Period Equity and menstrual product manufacturer Lola), sounds off on the inherent unfairness of taxes on menstruation products. As part of the protest, students from two dozen law schools in states where taxes are levied on menstrual products will buy the products and then claim tax refunds as both a form of protest and to increase awareness.
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